Through Tuesday, nearly 7,000 Memphians have voted early in advance of the Oct. 6 election day.
To put that in perspective, the number is 1.6 percent of the city’s 423,520 voters.
We won’t know who the early voters have selected until election night. The early votes will be the first tallied. But we know just about everything else about them down to their names.
So far, 56.2 percent are black and 22 percent are white. The remaining 21.7 percent are “other” which means other racial groups or those who didn’t indicate a race on their voter registration forms. The question is optional when registering to vote.
55.8 percent are women and 44.2 percent are men.
The totals include some absentee voters. But most are those citizens showing up at the 16 early voting sites across the city.
So far, Bishop Byrne High School is the most popular early voting site with a turnout of 948 there. That is followed by Riverside Baptist Church on South Third with 621 and White Station Church of Christ with 594. Election officials have plenty of maps that show most early voters go to the site nearest their home.
But any voter from any part of the city can vote at any of the early voting sites and vote a ballot that will include the district races particular to their home address.
Early voting ends Oct. 1 and election day is Oct. 6.